Denny Dias' Telecaster

August 1st, 2008, 11:35 AM
If anyone could help me out here I'd be really greatful!

I'm a huge fan of Denny Dias' playing style and tone. My introduction to his playing upon hearing "Bodhisattva" when I picked up a copy of Steely Dan's "Countdown to Ecstacy" on vinyl a few years back.
I was floored!

I have been looking on the net for info on this Telecaster of his that looks heavily modified;

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3009/2718268059_061fa80b25.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3249/2719157015_cce6221b12.jpg

To me, it looks like the guts of a LP in a Tele with a few coil-tap/phase switches?
Does anyone know the set up of this guitar? Does anyone know where I could find more information about this guitar?

There seems to be very little information about the man himself on the interweb? Or am I not looking in the right places???

August 1st, 2008, 11:52 AM
I believe I read somewhere that his old band mate Jeff "Skunk" Baxter built that guitar for Denny. Skunk made his own tele at one time as was discussed a few weeks ago on the board.

August 1st, 2008, 06:55 PM
Thanks FM73!

August 2nd, 2008, 05:25 PM
The only thing I can add is to join you in your admiration for this very fine guitar player. I also tried to find out more about his instrument without any luck, so if you will be more succesfull in your quest, please share it with us!
Thanks in advance!

August 2nd, 2008, 05:47 PM
I would like to know a bit more about that guitar too. Denny Dias discusses his contribution to Aja on the Classic Albums DVD:

Also a bit of a tangent, but a few weeks ago a friend told me that Denny wound up doing computer programming and Skunk Baxter consulted on missile defense for the Pentagon.

August 3rd, 2008, 12:12 PM
I found this hint on Wikipedia:


Denny Dias of Steely Dan presaged the 1970s trend for dual-humbucker Teles by replacing both of the single coils in his guitar with humbuckers and installing a Stratocaster-style bridge.

Reference comes from page 73 of this book:

Bacon, Tony (2005), Six Decades of the Fender Telecaster: The story of the world's first solidbody electric guitar, Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-856-7.

August 3rd, 2008, 01:38 PM
Here's some good footage from Midnight Special of the guitar before it got the bridge humbucker and Strat bridge. A stage full of modified Fenders:


August 3rd, 2008, 07:28 PM
He's got the humbucker in the neck by this point: ("Do It Again")


And it's modified to what I'm looking for in this clip ("My Old School"). Not very good shots of it, mainly in the background.


leonard d rock
August 4th, 2010, 12:37 AM
cool! my peavey tele looked liked that sort of when i put two humbuckers and a strat bridge to have a six piece bridge. i was attempting a copy of jeff beck's telegib. nice to see denny's tele.

Caffeine Patrol
August 4th, 2010, 08:31 AM
You might try searching the archives online for Guitar Player magazine. Somewhere I have an old issue of GP from back in the '70s with an interview where he talks about the Tele in some detail.

August 4th, 2010, 08:37 AM
Love Denny! Some of my fav Dan solos are his. The intro solo to Mr.Parkers Band is outrageous!!!! Its too bad Denny quit playing, I would have enjoyed hearing more of his work.